Filled with energy, great vibes, and the leaders of the billfishing world, TBF’s Annual Tag & Release Award Ceremony once again highlighted the efforts and talents of the top captains, anglers, and mates from around the globe. From veteran winners to first time finalists, the room was filled with people who dedicated their time and experience in 2023 to billfish conservation and proper fisheries management, and we could not be more grateful for their dedication.

Held in the Bloom Ballroom at Miami’s Jungle Island, this evening is always an exciting one for us at TBF. This is our chance to truly thank the incredible angling community for all they do to support TBF and our mission. Their work year in and year out does not go unnoticed, and with the help of the beautiful awards donated by King Sailfish Mounts, we’re able to show a bit of our appreciation for all they do. Without their efforts, TBF simply would not currently host a billfish database sporting more than 280,000 billfish records, and we would not be able to advocate so strongly on behalf of the sportfishing community. For this event alone we had three youth winners travel to South Florida for this event from Louisiana, France, and Gabon!

Fresh-made Cocktails, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a room full of smiling competition winners make this an annual, can’t-miss event. But it wouldn’t be possible without our 2023 Tag & Release Program Sponsors – Boaters List, Casa Vieja Lodge, Costa Sunglasses, Garmin Marine, King Sailfish Mounts, IGFTO, and Yeti Coolers, as well as our ceremony sponsors – King Sailfish Mounts, Costa Sunglasses, DEKit Marine Products, Floy Tag, and ROFFS.


Congratulations again to all the winners and thank you to everyone who came out to cheer them on and support our cornerstone program. To stay up-to-date on all things billfish, become a member, donate, visit our online shop, and follow us on social media, @TheBillfishFoundation.